Mosquitoes vs. Crane Flies: What’s the Difference?

A Crane Fly and Mosquito with text comparing them underneath

Are you seeing large flying insects around your home or business lately and wondering if they are mosquitoes or crane flies? These two insects can be easily confused due to their similar appearance, but they have distinct differences in behavior and biology.

Mosquitoes are small, narrow-bodied insects with a pointed abdomen, and they are known to be vectors for diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika virus. They are most active at dawn and dusk and are attracted to standing water for breeding.

On the other hand, crane flies are larger and have a long, slender body with long legs that resemble a mosquito's. They are harmless and do not bite humans, nor do they transmit diseases. They are commonly seen flying around lawns and gardens and are attracted to light sources.

So, how can you tell the difference between these two insects? One easy way is to look at their wings. Mosquitoes have narrow, pointed wings, while crane flies have wide, round wings. Additionally, crane flies are typically larger and have longer legs than mosquitoes.

If you are experiencing a mosquito problem around your property, it is essential to seek professional pest control services to prevent disease transmission and reduce the annoyance of mosquito bites. Paragon Pest Control offers various mosquito control services to keep your home or business mosquito-free.

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